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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." breaking news. the loss of a supreme court justice who has been at the center of some of our nation's biggest social and political decisions. antonin scalia dead at age 79. good evening. i'm eric thomas. he was a key figure on the conservative wing of the supreme court. he was a shrewd debater and influential man in washington. tonight, the flag outside the supreme court is flowing at half staff. this evening, president obama talked to scalia's son to pass on condolences. and earlier, he spoke to the nation about scalia's presence
on the bench. >> brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, incisive whit and colorful opinions. he influenced a generation of judges, lawyers, and students, and profoundly shaped the legal landscape. >> abc news has more about scalia's sudden death. >> reporter: justice antonin scalia was known as the conservative anchor of the supreme court. and his sudden death was marked by republicans and democrats alike. >> he influenced a generation of judges, lawyers, and students and profoundly shaped the legal landscape. >> he will go down as one of the great justices in the history of this republic. >> reporter: but there's already a political battle brewing. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell saying the republicans will not fulfill any obama nominee, the president saying -- >> there will be plenty of time
to do so and for the senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing. >> reporter: justice antonin scalia was the longest serving justice, nominated in 1986 by president reagan. >> getting nominated to the supreme court is the culmination of a dream, of course. and i'm greatly honored that the president would have such confidence in me. >> place your left hand on the bible. >> reporter: he was confirmed unanimously by the senate. he reportedly died in his sleep of natural causes at a resort in west texas. he leaves behind a wife and nine children. he was 79 years old. and though justice scalia was ever firm in his conservative beliefs, he wasn't afraid to reach across the political aisle. counting among his very closest friends liberal justice ruth bader ginsburg. >> for those who knew antonin
scalia, his passing is a shocking loss and his death has ratcheted up the stakes in american politics. justice scalia was often the most forceful and eloquent voice on conservative positions. david lavigne spent a summer with him in italy. this is a picture of scalia holding up lavigne's child. he said he was a charming man to spend time with, unafraid of chairing his point of view. he said scalia's passing has raised the stakes in the u.s. presidential race. >> you've got this presidential election coming up, and because everybody knows that this slot cold change the balance of power on the supreme court for decades to come. so the stakes could not be higher. >> he says supreme court confirmations can take months, especially if the republican controlled senate votes down any of president obama's possible nominees.
a president versus senate standoff could focus attention on senatorial races. republicans are defending more seats than democrats this year. the open justice seat has become a hot topic on twitter. senator ted cruz says we owe it to assure the next president fulfills the replacement. democratic senator harry reid sees it differently saying the president can and should send the senate a nominee right away. and it would be unprecedented in recent history for scotus to go a year with a vacancy. we have much more about scalia's passing on our website, that's at abc7news.com. for updates on any major story any time, download our abc7 news app. the final six republican
presidential candidates took part in a raucous debate tonight. they took the stage in south carolina, one week before the primary there, and engaged in what "the new york times" called a mean spirited debate. donald trump and jeb bush fired shots at one another. trump even received boos for attacking jeb's brother george, calling him a liar about the iraq war. ted cruz and marco rubio got into it over immigration. john kasich appeared to say enough is enough. >> governor kasich, please weigh in. >> i've got to tell you, this is just crazy, huh? this is just nuts. >> what i've been watching her this back and forth and these attacks, some of them are personal, i think we're fixing to lose the election to hillary clinton if we don't stop this. >> the next republican debate will be in texas on february 25th, and the democrats will debate march 6 in flint, michigan. it's a warm, holiday weekend
great for heading outdoors for valentine's day. taking a live look outside, pier 15. there are a few clouds in the skies tonight. mild and beautiful, but changes are on the way. speaking of clouds, drew? >> we're tracking a beautiful day tomorrow for valentine's day and warming temperatures. here's a look at your planner. likely we'll see coastal fog first thing in the morning, similar to what we saw today. otherwise, sunshine and nice and warm. we have a big area of high pressure off the coast. that is sending the storm track well into the pacific northwest. that's why we don't have any rain chances tomorrow or for the next three case. a really nice wming trend, records are possible early next week. but we are tracking another storm that could bring us some
wet weather. the cloud cover you see out in the middle of the ocean, we'll detail the timing in the forecast in just a few minutes. >> drew, thanks a lot. muni riders on mission street were taken by surprise today. a dozen bus stops have been taken out of service, part of a plan to ease traffic flow. lillian kim has more. >> reporter: muni riders showed up at their usual discover buses were driving past them. >> it's always better to have more stops than fewer stops. >> i need to adjust my routine and go down one street. so maybe it's not the worst thing in the world. >> reporter: flyers are posted on muni stops and being handed out along mission street. in all, 12 stops have been taken out of service. >> some people are upset, the
older people, they're upset. but what can i do? >> reporter: it's all part of a plan to ease traffic flow and make the ride faster. but some are worried about safety. >> especially if you're walking alone at night, you don't want to walk too far, especially a lot of my female co-workers take that bus. >> reporter: red transit only lanes will soon be added and left turn restrictions implemented. this is what mission and 20th street will look like when finished. each way. >> that's significant enough? it's some. >> reporter: the project is being paid for by voter approved bonds. the changes are expected to be completed by the end of april. in san francisco, lillian kim, "abc7 news." still ahead on "abc7 news" at 9:00, tens of thousands of penguins suddenly dead. what's behind the mass species kill-off happening in the
welcome back. 150,000 penguins in antarctica have died off because of an iceberg. the population has dropped by 84% over the last six years. that's when a large iceberg became lodged off the coast. because of the ice, the penguins can't get to their food supply. they have to travel nearly 40 miles to find food. unless that's broken up, scientists predict the colony
will disappear within 20 years. new video shows the moment a natural gas leak was temporarily stopped in southern california. the california air restourss board released this time lapsed video from a camera, which the porter ranch neighborhood is seen. you can see the air finally clearing after 16 weeks. the well has been leaking since october, forcing 6,000 people to evacuate their homes. the well still needs a permanent fix. it has to be filled with cement. coming up next on "abc7 news" at 9:00, the first sign baseball season is nearly upon us, as thousands of giants' fans flock to at&t park. plus, more records and rain? meteorologist drew is up next with a look at your topsy-turvy weather week ahead. >> nba holding all-star weekend in toronto where the slash brothers face-off. klay thompson caught fire at the klay thompson caught fire at the end of the final round to
the orange and the black is back in san francisco. "abc7 news" was at at&t park for the giants' annual fan fest. baseball fans put on their gear to meet their favorite players and pose with pictures with the team mascot. after a long off-season, fans are starstruck and excited about the upcoming season. >> hunter pence. >> hunter pence. >> he was right by me. >> i think we're going to do very well. you know, we're not going to congratulate the dodgers on the division championship. >> most fans we spoke to had a great time. a few were disappointed saying they waited in long lines but
weren't able to snag an autograph. weather forecast. >> i have like four shumann autographs. >> number 84. >> inspiration. live doppler 7 hd. we've got some high clouds streaming across the bay area. it's because of a system that's passing by to our north, bringing some range to washington. for us, we're just getting mild temperatures right now. beautiful city of san francisco, all lit up on this saturday night. and the forecast is going to call for a sunny and warm valentine's day on the way for our sunday. then monday and tuesday, it's going to get warmer. records are possible, and then we'll track the return, finally, of some rain midweek this week. but right now it's all about the numbers out there. and they are on the mild side. 60 in concord.
55 in hayward. 56 in san jose. 57 san francisco. and santa rosa, balmy right now with a temperature of 61 degrees. future tracker temperatures as we head into your valentine's day on sunday, midday, look at this. very comfortable and very mild, upper 60s to mid 70s across the bay area. if you have dinner plans later on, on sunday night, we will have clear skies and temperatures still well above normal for this time of the year, holding into the mid and upper 60s. monday, the north bay could likely see some 80s popping up with this mild air. immediate cities around the bay will see mid to upper 70s. tuesday, san francisco, oakland, san jose, records holding in the mid and upper 70s. a think a lot of spots will achieve or excel those numbers on tuesday. by wednesday, these numbers cool off dramatically as we track a chance of rain. so storm impact scale, this
gives you a better idea what to expect with each storm. the one coming wednesday night is a one. it's a light storm. so future weather, we'll jump ahead to monday. we'll watch that system dive in from the north. on and off showers for the evening rush on wednesday. then we'll track steadier showers later into wednesday night. by thursday, this system is falling apart and begins to depart from our east by thursday afternoon. pretty good soaking in some sports where santa rosa could pick up half an inch. you notice most cities in the bay area, likely going to pick up around a quarter of an inch of rain. so it's good to see the pattern change happening since february has been so dry. overnight tonight, clear skies, upper 40s to low 50s. 52 overnight in san francisco. 48 in san jose. dropping to 47 in antioch.
tomorrow, 74 in oakland. 76 san jose. 77 for santa rosa. so the accuweather seven-day forecast, a nice warm day for valentine's day. flirting with 80s on monday with records likely on tuesday. there's the chance of rain wednesday night into thursday. friday and saturday, a mixture of sunshine and clouds and temperatures closer to normal for this time of the year. >> much closer. your english teacher is going to call. perfect, drew, thanks a lot. steph and klay battling against each other. >> let's head to toronto for our similar saturday and the nba three-point shooting contest. steph curry, the defending champ, but klay thompson wanted to prove his stroke is as pure
as curry's. klay was the top dog in round one, 22 points and steph had to drain his last two shots to make it to the finals. curry had 43. klay was 19 of 25, finishing with 27 points and the three-point trophy stays with the warriors. klay thompson wins it. first team in nba history to win back-to-back titles. >> reporter: for the second year in the row, the three-point king is a splash brother, as klay thompson beats out ste s out st. >> i've never been on a team where somebody shoots better than me. i'm just happy we're taking this back to the bay. back-to-back years for the splash brothers, it's pretty cool. >> reporter: you're going to let him at least look at the trophy? >> he's good.
>> he was on a mission. i was too. he took it from me. >> reporter: now all that's left is for the game itself, with three warriors playing in the all-star game for the first time in 40 years. in toronto, larry beil, "abc7 news." the slam dunk contest, aaron brooks of the orlando magic was magical. his imagination on these two dunks just sick. and zach lavigne of the t'wolves pulled off two dunks from the foul line. he gets the win. college hoops. oregon, ducks lost to cal on tuesday. making sure it didn't happen again. but they couldn't account for roscoe allen. 9 of 12 shooting in this game. five seconds left, oregon down two. the rejection. stanford upsets oregon.
cal hosting oregon state. the bears are 16-0. bird with back-to-back 20 point games. he finished with 23. a rebound and dunk here. and jalen brown with 15. oh, my. and the foul. cal wins 83-71. they're now 7-5 in conference play and undefeated at home. sharks on the ice tonight hosting arizona at the tank, with less than 30 games left, time to get busy. before the game, they honored their minor league coach who became the asl all-time wins leader. as a fisherman, the team bought him a boat. matt kennison fires this from the point. 1-0 sharks. later, a nice pass, he redirects it. 2-0. right now 2-1 sharks in the second intermission. we'll have the highlights tonight at 11:00.
pebble beach. last chance to make the cut. 45-year-old phil mickelson, who has won this event four times, made a huge move to the top of the board. j.t. playing with justin rose, but it was timberlake making the shot of the round. he just misses the cut. steve young, nice par save on 15. misses the cut, as well. mark wahlberg paired with bubba watson, just made the cut at 17 under. he drains the long birdie here on 13 for a net eagle. the always entertaining bill murray signs autographs. later, phil mickelson shot a 6 under 66 at bepebble. thee straight on the front, and here on seven, 45-year-old, a two-shot lead heading into sunday. final round, phil would get his
coming up at 11:00, breaking news. a three alarm fire is burning right now in san francisco. we're at the scene with more. also, reaction in the bay area after the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. that's tonight on "abc7 news" at 11:00. >> before we go, it's aaron gordon. so wanted to get that right. >> all right. that's it for "abc7 news" at 9:00. 9:00. next news cast at 11
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